Become El Matador, a DEA special agent tasked with taking down the drug barons. A new narcotics cartel is rising across Central and South America, sharpening its claws and extending its reach. Locate the encampments, infiltrate the headquarters, and put an end to the cartel's influence.
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Mixed (126 reviews) - 69% of the 126 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 25, 2006

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Experience the adrenaline-fuelled danger and heart-pounding excitement in the war on organised drug syndicates. When standard procedures fail, the hardliners are brought in.

Become El Matador, a DEA special agent tasked with taking down the drug barons. A new narcotics cartel is rising across Central and South America, sharpening its claws and extending its reach. Locate the encampments, infiltrate the headquarters, and put an end to the cartel's influence. In a tale of corruption, revenge and morality, the mission brief is simple: Eliminate the threat - Ultimate justice, El Matador style.

Key features:

  • Hard-hitting, movie-style storyline
  • Huge arsenal of realistic weapons
  • Diverse South American settings, from lush jungle to mansions and harbours
  • Real physics, interactive environments and destructible objects
  • Gang members, clan bosses, kingpins, and many more villainous enemies
  • Atmospheric engine animations bring the scenery to life
  • Wide range of graphical effects, including cascading shadow maps, high dynamic range rendering and many more
  • Slow Motion Action feature
  • FrenzyCAM mode

    System Requirements

      Minimum:
      • OS: Windows XP/7/8
      • Processor: 1.5 GHz Pentium 3 / AMD Athlon Processor
      • Memory: 512 MB RAM
      • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX9 compatible graphics card with pixel & vertex shader support (nVidia GeForce 4, ATI Radeon 8500)
      • Storage: 3 GB available space
      • Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible sound card
      Recommended:
      • OS: Windows XP/7/8
      • Processor: 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon Processor
      • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
      • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX9 compatible graphics card with pixel & vertex shader 2.0 support (nVidia GeForce 6, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
      • Storage: 3 GB available space
      • Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible sound card
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    Mixed (126 reviews)
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    Herb
    ( 0.3 hrs on record )
    Posted: May 25
    It's the Dark Souls of TPS. Hitboxes are ♥♥♥♥, everything is "hard" and animation is clunky.
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    Mr. Pancake
    ( 0.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: May 9
    Best shooter of my childhood! :D
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    YowiiGauthier
    ( 7.5 hrs on record )
    Posted: May 4
    Really average game, you should stick with Max Payne who is clearly the inspiration for this game.
    It's was fun for a while though, buy it only if it is on sale and really cheap.
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    Rynoknarr14
    ( 0.1 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 16
    Can't Play It, Its Crashes Do Not Buy It.
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    Salarn
    ( 0.4 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 13
    https://youtu.be/eLAnseL8u1g

    Who's butt kicking narc who can slow down time?
    El Matador!

    Who's the crouch walking cham who is always low on ammo?
    El Matador!

    Who's game is a rough rehash of third person shooters with balance issues and bullet sponge enemies?
    El Matador!

    'El Matador' misses the target in the attempt to make a time slowing, gun toting, 3rd person action game. Weapons feel weak and ineffective against enemies while your AI companions are basically there to provide ammo when the inevitably die.
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    HeadShot
    ( 2.9 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 8
    Kids, if you do drugs, you get killed. By a policeman. On the killstreak. In bullet time.

    + : controls, ok story, immortal protagonist (if you play on easy lol), lots of weapons, bullet time, ok price (sale purchase recommended), loads of fun (running around shooting baddies n stuff)

    - : old graphics (it's an old game), it's short (2 hours +- on easy), routine-like game (you go somewhere, you kill everyone, you move to next place) [but its fun to play]

    6-7/10 would run'n'kill again
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    Falden | Maybe i'll try
    ( 0.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 2
    Considering you can't even play the game I wouldn't recommand this game to anyone. Developers have known about the issue and fail to fix it.
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    Shotgun Only
    ( 22.4 hrs on record )
    Posted: March 1
    โครตเวอร์ ! 100/10 + ปันยาอ่อนไปนิด
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    Raujok
    ( 7.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: January 17
    Nice game, sometimes i´m enjoying these tropical settings, in case that im not able to afford me a real vacation:)

    Though the game is a bit short, but quite challenging the towards the end. if you like 3rd person, consider it to be worth to
    play.
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    UrbanFoxGamer
    ( 1.8 hrs on record )
    Posted: January 1
    - this doesn't work on laptops!!!
    - the shooting gameplay doesn't feel tight
    - it has weird shadow glitches

    + good game to study why max payne 1 is better than this....
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    Mr. Doge
    ( 0.1 hrs on record )
    Posted: October 20, 2015
    Probably would be a great game but it crashes after loading for graphics card problems
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    somebody336
    ( 4.3 hrs on record )
    Posted: October 18, 2015
    El Matador is a Third Person shooter set in Colombia and centered around taking down a powerful cartel know as La Valedora. You play as a DEA special agent called Victor who quickly earns the nickname “El Matador” due to his effectiveness and ruthlessness on the field. Victor is more of an executioner than anything and will make no attempts to arrest anyone or secure any drugs. Pretty much all you will be doing throughout the game is killing from start to end. There are hardly any moments when your life is not at risk but without a decent storyline that may get old fast for some people. Countless hordes of goons will try to take you down and luckily they are fairly fun to fight. What separates Vincent from his peers is that he used to love the movie 'The Matrix' in high school and has somehow gained the power to dramatically leap through the air in slow motion. It is a useful move for a quick retreat when you are surrounded though there is a limit to how many times you can use it.

    Your ability to slow time will deplete as you use it and depletes even further if you kill a enemy during it's effect. Killing an enemy normally refills your slow-mo bar shown at the top of the screen. You will be able to toggle slow-mo on and off at will, whether you are standing or crouching and it lasts a long time. I have never had it run out and this ability can easily turn the game into a cakewalk if overused. Without it the game would be quite challenging as enemies are surprisingly good at finding cover and are excellent shots. To add to that, Victor is no superhero, he may have the ability to slow time but he is quite fragile. Taking gunfire will quickly burn through your health and while this game does have regenerating health, you can not rely on it. You gain about one hit-point out of 100 every 30 seconds so you will be there a long time if you want to be healed. Health kits are your only real option to patch yourself up and they can be found in many places like hanging on walls, resting on desks or by opening random cabinets.

    Armor can also be found and greatly increases the amount of damage you can take before biting the dirt. These are much rarer than health kits and will not affect your movement in anyway. You will frequently be accompanied by heavily equipped police officers, that also appear to wear body armor but in reality they are all appearance. They are pretty much near useless and will die if an enemy so much as sneezes in their direction. I say nearly useless, since it does help to reveal where the enemy is when they get shot and they do drop some valuable rifle ammo when killed. So your allies are walking piggy banks for the most part. Your enemies on the other hand are highly skilled and hyper alert to everything around them. It will be impossible to go unnoticed and you will be gunned down quickly if you are out in the open. There is no cover system in the game, though you will definitely still want to find some cover via crouching. I quite liked the need for cover, it kept the game from feeling like a pure action game and added some tension as you pop out of cover, while diving near your enemies in slow motion, guns blazing glory.

    Speaking of guns there are quite a few of them in the game and you will be able to carry all of them at once. You can't carry much ammo and many of them share the same ammo type, so it does force you to be careful with your shots. Annoyingly enough after every mission, they will take all your guns away and will send you back in with nothing but basic gear, making you scavenge more ammo and gear all over again. It makes sense that the police force wouldn't allow you to keep random weapons you got from a raid, but in a game where you are pretty much a space wizard, it just feels like pointless busy work. Most guns are too inaccurate and under-powered to be useful in any sense, so you will want to mainly stick to rifles or even a pistol over your shotgun. In enemy hands they are pinpoint accurate, frustratingly enough. Dual wielding is pretty pointless due to inaccuracy and low ammo supply. Some weapons have alternate firing modes like being able to set it to full auto or single shots, which is a cool feature that allows more options to take down your foes. Bullets even ricochet off of some surfaces and are still capable of killing either you or your enemies. That feature isn't used much but it was a neat gimmick.

    Glass also has a neat physics systems that allow them to break part by part in gunfights and it just looks awesome to see the aftermath of a battle in a setting full of glass. Your typical explosive barrels are also present but they take way too long to go off and will give your enemy plenty of time to kill you. Simply shooting him is far less trouble. Enemies dress in casual clothes most of the time and all fight pretty much the same way regardless of the weapon they have. An enemy with a shotgun will fire at you from a very far distance while a enemy with a pistol will try to rush you, it can be odd at times but nothing major. Bosses are the exact same as normal enemies and have no different patterns, the only difference being they have much more health and never feel satisfying to fight. They usually appear in the end of a mission and have no sense of importance. The missions end really abruptly, you will kill a boss and that very second you will be teleported somewhere else with no idea as to what just happened. They have no sense of flow and you will be at a loss as to what you are doing now and why. It has no sense of progression or upping the ante, the first mission felt the exact same as the last but in a different environment.

    The story is so bad that it would have been better if they didn't even try. There are multiple other characters in the police force, but having just finished the game, I couldn't for the life of me tell you the name of any character other than your own or anything about them. They are just there for the sake of it and add absolutely nothing to the plot or the events. I don't even know what I accomplished throughout the game. The ending was the worst I have ever seen, in any form of media, to top it off. El Matador would have benefited from just being a bunch of levels with no story, honestly. All it served to do was confuse the player, conveniently take away your weapons every mission and break up the action for some pointless banter. To make matters worse the voice acting is horrible and the Hispanic accents they were going for, are terrible as well. It could have been used to their advantage if they had made this into a cheesy, tongue in cheek kind of game, but nope, this game is dead serious in it's “narrative”. Environments themselves haven't aged too badly and it does inject quite a bit of color at times, which is a nice change of pace from the missions were you are in typical warehouses or sewers.

    Now here is the thing that will likely annoy or even ruin the game for some players. The shadows in this game are glitched out and randomly flick around, which not only look weird but will catch your eye due to it's movement and waste your valuable time in a dangerous gunfight. Another thing is the game only uses one CPU core for some reason, so if you are experiencing heavy slow down, just open the task manager, set all cores to on and it should now run smoothly. Moving on from the tech side of things, the music is decent but gets old fast. It has this nice techno beat and it makes sense in the first mission which is set in a club house, but that small loop of music plays throughout the whole game. Never have I been so fed up with the music of a game other than when I played The Slaughtering Grounds. Even after the bashing I gave the game in the last few paragraphs, there is no denying I had fun playing it. If it had lasted anymore than four hours it definitely would have outstayed it's welcome, but as it is, it is a decent little time waster.
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    Tommy Wiseau
    ( 0.5 hrs on record )
    Posted: October 18, 2015
    I have no idea why I bought this game. I bought it from the humble store for like 2.49 and thought it looked fun. Played it 6 months later and regrated everything that I have become.
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    Shadow Ops
    ( 3.4 hrs on record )
    Posted: October 18, 2015
    El Matador
    fast game with modern day graphics with easy controls that moves from location A to B to C and so on,
    good amount of action and special effects

    good game.
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    David Pospíšil
    ( 2.3 hrs on record )
    Posted: September 27, 2015
    Tato hra je prostě úžasná.. Je to hra mého mládí.

    Hrajete za agenta DAE Victora Corbetta, přezdívaného "El Matadora", který zjistil, že jeho bratr byl zabit v Jížní Americe vrahem, kterého si najal gang "La Valedora". Jeho misí je zabít hlavního bosse gangu "La Valedora". Postupem hry zjišťuje, že boss gangu je mu dost známý. :)

    Hra je úžasná, jak po grafické stránce, tak i po příběhové. Hru Vám vřele doporučuji. :)


    PLUSY:

    + grafika (na dobu, kdy byla hra vytvořena)
    + hratelnost
    + cut scény
    + audio
    + příběh

    MÍNUSY:

    - obtížnost Náročné pro "začátečníky"
    - herní doba Okolo 2,5 - 4 hodin.


    Tato hra si zaslouží:
    7,5 z 10ti.
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    Randomguy7
    ( 1.4 hrs on record )
    Posted: September 9, 2015
    this game is bull
    get it?

    its hard tho. as in, pacing? literally nonesistant. the game's not very good., it's fun at times, but its like max payne 2 without the story, pacing, you get all the guns from the start, the enemies are always the same skill, pretty much the same experience open to close.

    and yet I reccomend it?
    Yeah sorta. it's fun if you get it cheap and if you enjoyed Chaser, Alpha Prime, or other such games as a guilty pleasure you'd probably like this.
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    RedLine
    ( 3.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: July 27, 2015
    crazy hard , lots of guns, no map, linear, crazily unoptimized, and no auto save.

    Whats not to love
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    Whiteswart
    ( 0.1 hrs on record )
    Posted: July 2, 2015
    Ruined piece of obsolete junk. I've played it through when it was new on the shelves. Can't say it was fresh even then, back in the 2006. And now it even cannot be started with almost any decent GPU, not to mention newest ones.

    Don't cry for it. It was a clone for Max Payne game, only with generic and cliche-over-the-top drug-hunting-policeman story. Visuals were bad, and I mean, really bad, worse than in Max Payne 1 (which was shipped in 2001). Backstages were somewhat colourful, I can give them that. Controls and move-caption were decent (as 1/2 of what we saw in Max Payne). And it was a long game, by the TPS standards. But because all the subject was pretty dumb, it wasn't leave any marks in my memory.

    RIP, another generic Cenega useless shooter. I'll score a 4.99/10 on your grave.
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    Stranger_Danger_Dude16
    ( 0.1 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 3, 2015
    Looks like an amazing game. Download the game for 2.5 GB. Play the game. Won't work. It keeps stopped working and said Unsupported GPU. Thank you for wasting my quota for 2.5GB.


    Sorry to say this but don't buy this game before they fix it and btw I'm not the only one who have the same problem.
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    hagakuremoi
    ( 7.8 hrs on record )
    Posted: April 22, 2015
    It Is a simple shooter, with an story Seagal/Stallone/Van Damme-Style.
    Fun but short.

    It works perfectly on Windos 8.1 64x
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    Not Recommended
    0.1 hrs on record
    Posted: April 16
    Can't Play It, Its Crashes Do Not Buy It.
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    63 of 65 people (97%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    3.5 hrs on record
    Posted: April 4, 2014
    Max Payne´s ugly little brother no one knows from 2006 is now avaiable on steam! Do you need this game? If you completed the Max Payne Trilogy, yes.
    If not, play the New York Cop shootouts first and then enjoy this B-Movie Max Payne.

    You play as Victor Corbet, a DEA Special Agent that is being sent to southamerica to fight against a drug cartel. The cops down there don´t like you at first, they give you the name matador, you shoot a lot of bad guys, a few traitors are also in the "plot", the game is straight forward (like Max Payne 2, same Engine by the way) with a lot of stupid bad guys to kill.

    Don´t expect some revelutionary gameplay, smart AI or even a balanced difficulty.


    This game got B-Movie written all over it, but thats not a bad thing actually. The game was pretty funny when I´ve played it over a friends place in 2006 and it is still a fun game today.
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    32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    9.0 hrs on record
    Posted: April 4, 2014
    I remember seeing this game when it first came out back in 2006 and I have always wanted to play it. Now that is has arrived on steam, I have finally had a chance to play this budget third person shooter. The best way I can describe this game is a max payne rip off with early splinter cell style graphics. The gameplay is almost identical to that in the first max payne(slightly less refined), with the character movements and even the bullet time effects being a direct copy. Its not quite as good as the max payne series, but for 3.99 its definately worth it.
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    22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    3.5 hrs on record
    Posted: June 20, 2014
    If Max Payne was a movie it would be a gritty version of Lethal Weapon/City of God/A man on fire/Heat. If El Matador was a movie it would be something like Tango & Cash/Elite Squad and something with Steven Seagal, a cheap enjoyable action flick.

    Is it an amazing game ? No.

    Is it better than Max Payne? No.

    Is it a fun action shooter with smooth gameplay and full of cliches ? Hell to the yeah.


    Its fun, its fast, its cheap and its waiting to be picked up and played.
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    33 of 44 people (75%) found this review helpful
    22 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    0.5 hrs on record
    Posted: September 29, 2014
    Max Payne: Family Dollar Edition
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    23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    5.5 hrs on record
    Posted: November 20, 2014
    This is not your typical AAA budget game, its mix between Max Payne and all of those B action movies from 70s,80s,90s, story line is your standard Steven Seagal action focus, and its there only to justify huge amount of baddies you will gonna kill. You will probably find here all Clichés of those movies, you know, good cop, bad cop, bad general, one action hero and so on.

    But

    If you think its bad, IT`S NOT, its really good, just like i said its not AAA budget game but it has it charm, responsible controls and overall very fun and pleasant gameplay, and that`s what is most important in game for me after all, graphic its kinda decent doesn`t hurt your eyes still and audio is also very nice, kinda repeatative after while but it`s fast, its building your action very well and does not make you wanna cut your ears and throw them into lava.

    Its very short game, it will probably take you only around 3,5-4 hours on normal bit longer on hard.
    Speaking about dificulty level - you will gonna die in this game, good thing, bad thing, my opinion, your opinion, whatever. Point is its one of those games where enemies may not be the smartest (-ain`t the stupidest too-) but they have perfect laser eye accuracy and they will shoot your head from miles away with their shotguns, after hour you will probably get use to it though.
    Speaking of which you will probably ending up cheating too shooting from behind crates (yes your weapon can shoot through objects if you point it well).

    It has flaws, it has good things, but after all its very nice fun factor and i do recommend you guys to buy it when its on sale or pick up in bundle, its worth those few pennies. frankcastle51 out.
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    28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    4.2 hrs on record
    Posted: April 9, 2014
    Surprisingly not terrible!
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    10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    2.5 hrs on record
    Posted: October 3, 2014
    It's definitely not as bad as the reviews say. Not as good as any Max Payne game of course but still a decent, fun shooter, especially for only 99 cents.
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    11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    2.8 hrs on record
    Posted: September 11, 2014
    A good game bit like max payne lots of weapons good graphics,the control is very simple
    some bits of the game are funny too!
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    8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    1.2 hrs on record
    Posted: July 12, 2014
    Regarding the question....."Is it worth?

    I would say yes. I have played this game when it first released and remember it being plenty fun. Back in the day, I had a very bad rig (Intel Celeron 2.6ghz, Geforce 6200 256mb, and 1.5gb ram) I was lucky to run this game here lmao.

    In terms of fun, its there. It borrows the Bullet Time that Max Payne is famous for and uses it in its own form, even though there is a lot of similarities.

    Replayablity? I dont think so. It has its nice campaign but for the aficianados like me, yes lol.

    Worth? 4 dollars, are you ♥♥♥♥ting me? If you are worried about 4 dollars, you wont find it here. As far as I know the worst games to invest in are Infestation Stories, Bad Rats, Rambo and a couple of other ones.

    If you are interested in 3rd person shooters and adrenaline packed shooters, this is an investment you will like.

    I will update this thread as I play the game now and let you know about 16:9 support, controls, test of time and all of that.

    Any questions, let me know!

    UPDATE 1: Out of the bat, the game supports widescreen resolutions and multiple refresh rates up to 100hz. Really good for a game this old.

    Difficulty: Really unforgiving lol. This game isnt impossible but it doesnt take it easy on you. You need to play this on normal and forgive its laser accuracy that enemies possess.

    This game is painfully similar to Max Payne 2. They borrow the engine (I assume?) and have the same exact sound effect of the ingrams from MP2. Its ridiculous. Loosely based on the game. So dont be surprised if it reminds you of MP2!
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    8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    2.2 hrs on record
    Posted: February 24, 2015
    NOTE:
    THIS GAME HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MOVIE EL MATADOR!!!

    Game is similar to max payne but only with the slow motion.
    AI teammates, ACTUALLY KILL PEOPLE!
    Game is a great 3rd person shooter. Only down fall is, its one of those games once you beat it you wont ever play it again and you can can beat the game pretty quick.
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    7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    3.3 hrs on record
    Posted: March 2, 2015
    El Matador is an action-packed shooter you can use slow-motion in. Its story takes place in Columbia. You are a commando sent there to fight against drug cartels. AI accompanies you from time to time. I can highly recommend this game, despite the fact that it's very short- it took me 2.5 hours to finish El Matador.
    Pros:
    • weapons give you the feeling of power
    • bullets ricochet off the walls and can hit enemies, the angle of reflection depends on the angle of incidence
    • slow-motion is available
    • nice graphics
    • a wide variety of guns (about 30)
    Cons:
    • way too short
    • human bosses are too resistant to damage (about two mags are needed to kill one)
    • some small bugs, but they don't spoil the fun
    To sum up, it's one of the best bundle games of all time.

    Some useful cheat codes (click [~] first)
    health gives you god mode
    ammo gives you some ammunition
    weapons gives you every weapon in the game
    ninja allows you to jump higher
    rambo let's rock
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    10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    5.1 hrs on record
    Posted: October 1, 2014
    Nice game.No complaints.
    Typical OLD School FPS action like Max payne or Punisher ,waves and waves of enemies.Nice touch for slow time,very useful here.
    10/10
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    8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    4.3 hrs on record
    Posted: October 18, 2015
    El Matador is a Third Person shooter set in Colombia and centered around taking down a powerful cartel know as La Valedora. You play as a DEA special agent called Victor who quickly earns the nickname “El Matador” due to his effectiveness and ruthlessness on the field. Victor is more of an executioner than anything and will make no attempts to arrest anyone or secure any drugs. Pretty much all you will be doing throughout the game is killing from start to end. There are hardly any moments when your life is not at risk but without a decent storyline that may get old fast for some people. Countless hordes of goons will try to take you down and luckily they are fairly fun to fight. What separates Vincent from his peers is that he used to love the movie 'The Matrix' in high school and has somehow gained the power to dramatically leap through the air in slow motion. It is a useful move for a quick retreat when you are surrounded though there is a limit to how many times you can use it.

    Your ability to slow time will deplete as you use it and depletes even further if you kill a enemy during it's effect. Killing an enemy normally refills your slow-mo bar shown at the top of the screen. You will be able to toggle slow-mo on and off at will, whether you are standing or crouching and it lasts a long time. I have never had it run out and this ability can easily turn the game into a cakewalk if overused. Without it the game would be quite challenging as enemies are surprisingly good at finding cover and are excellent shots. To add to that, Victor is no superhero, he may have the ability to slow time but he is quite fragile. Taking gunfire will quickly burn through your health and while this game does have regenerating health, you can not rely on it. You gain about one hit-point out of 100 every 30 seconds so you will be there a long time if you want to be healed. Health kits are your only real option to patch yourself up and they can be found in many places like hanging on walls, resting on desks or by opening random cabinets.

    Armor can also be found and greatly increases the amount of damage you can take before biting the dirt. These are much rarer than health kits and will not affect your movement in anyway. You will frequently be accompanied by heavily equipped police officers, that also appear to wear body armor but in reality they are all appearance. They are pretty much near useless and will die if an enemy so much as sneezes in their direction. I say nearly useless, since it does help to reveal where the enemy is when they get shot and they do drop some valuable rifle ammo when killed. So your allies are walking piggy banks for the most part. Your enemies on the other hand are highly skilled and hyper alert to everything around them. It will be impossible to go unnoticed and you will be gunned down quickly if you are out in the open. There is no cover system in the game, though you will definitely still want to find some cover via crouching. I quite liked the need for cover, it kept the game from feeling like a pure action game and added some tension as you pop out of cover, while diving near your enemies in slow motion, guns blazing glory.

    Speaking of guns there are quite a few of them in the game and you will be able to carry all of them at once. You can't carry much ammo and many of them share the same ammo type, so it does force you to be careful with your shots. Annoyingly enough after every mission, they will take all your guns away and will send you back in with nothing but basic gear, making you scavenge more ammo and gear all over again. It makes sense that the police force wouldn't allow you to keep random weapons you got from a raid, but in a game where you are pretty much a space wizard, it just feels like pointless busy work. Most guns are too inaccurate and under-powered to be useful in any sense, so you will want to mainly stick to rifles or even a pistol over your shotgun. In enemy hands they are pinpoint accurate, frustratingly enough. Dual wielding is pretty pointless due to inaccuracy and low ammo supply. Some weapons have alternate firing modes like being able to set it to full auto or single shots, which is a cool feature that allows more options to take down your foes. Bullets even ricochet off of some surfaces and are still capable of killing either you or your enemies. That feature isn't used much but it was a neat gimmick.

    Glass also has a neat physics systems that allow them to break part by part in gunfights and it just looks awesome to see the aftermath of a battle in a setting full of glass. Your typical explosive barrels are also present but they take way too long to go off and will give your enemy plenty of time to kill you. Simply shooting him is far less trouble. Enemies dress in casual clothes most of the time and all fight pretty much the same way regardless of the weapon they have. An enemy with a shotgun will fire at you from a very far distance while a enemy with a pistol will try to rush you, it can be odd at times but nothing major. Bosses are the exact same as normal enemies and have no different patterns, the only difference being they have much more health and never feel satisfying to fight. They usually appear in the end of a mission and have no sense of importance. The missions end really abruptly, you will kill a boss and that very second you will be teleported somewhere else with no idea as to what just happened. They have no sense of flow and you will be at a loss as to what you are doing now and why. It has no sense of progression or upping the ante, the first mission felt the exact same as the last but in a different environment.

    The story is so bad that it would have been better if they didn't even try. There are multiple other characters in the police force, but having just finished the game, I couldn't for the life of me tell you the name of any character other than your own or anything about them. They are just there for the sake of it and add absolutely nothing to the plot or the events. I don't even know what I accomplished throughout the game. The ending was the worst I have ever seen, in any form of media, to top it off. El Matador would have benefited from just being a bunch of levels with no story, honestly. All it served to do was confuse the player, conveniently take away your weapons every mission and break up the action for some pointless banter. To make matters worse the voice acting is horrible and the Hispanic accents they were going for, are terrible as well. It could have been used to their advantage if they had made this into a cheesy, tongue in cheek kind of game, but nope, this game is dead serious in it's “narrative”. Environments themselves haven't aged too badly and it does inject quite a bit of color at times, which is a nice change of pace from the missions were you are in typical warehouses or sewers.

    Now here is the thing that will likely annoy or even ruin the game for some players. The shadows in this game are glitched out and randomly flick around, which not only look weird but will catch your eye due to it's movement and waste your valuable time in a dangerous gunfight. Another thing is the game only uses one CPU core for some reason, so if you are experiencing heavy slow down, just open the task manager, set all cores to on and it should now run smoothly. Moving on from the tech side of things, the music is decent but gets old fast. It has this nice techno beat and it makes sense in the first mission which is set in a club house, but that small loop of music plays throughout the whole game. Never have I been so fed up with the music of a game other than when I played The Slaughtering Grounds. Even after the bashing I gave the game in the last few paragraphs, there is no denying I had fun playing it. If it had lasted anymore than four hours it definitely would have outstayed it's welcome, but as it is, it is a decent little time waster.
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    4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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    Recommended
    0.8 hrs on record
    Posted: June 29, 2014
    This game has some of the most satisfying shooting I've ever experienced. It's not very realistic whatsoever, but shooting the guns and rolling around is just the best feeling. Buy it when ever you've got the extra cash for it. It's so much fun.
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    4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    6.9 hrs on record
    Posted: February 25, 2015
    Hmm... In my opinion, it is worth the price. (Must buy when being a sale.)
    That is true it has just about 5-6 hours story, but great game and graphic compared to it is published in 2006.
    Absolutely fully scripted game, but the shooting system and AI is good, the enemies throw back the grenade, take cover or attacking us directly.
    Lots of scene (eg. port, office, streets, storehouse, cave, jungle, ship) when you can fight. You can use bullet-time. It is very spectacular. :)
    I just recommend.
    PS. Just a tip: Save often. :P
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    3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    3.5 hrs on record
    Posted: January 11, 2015
    if you like Max Payne but don't want to spend the AAA bucks, then this game is for you. 3rd person just like max. Bullet Time just like max. The story is a mexican police agent fighting against the cartels. Owned the disc copy back in 2006 but never played it since I didn't know the cheat codes (goto {LINK REMOVED} these ones are free) to play the game. For it's time, it's a awesome little game. With a SSD, load times are a breeeze.
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    4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    10.0 hrs on record
    Posted: July 1, 2014
    When I bought this for 1.24 I was a little skeptical, but after about 9 hours in and done the game, I can saftely say it's more than worth it, at first the game did feel pretty ♥♥♥♥♥♥, weapons shoot much differently than what you'd expect, the camera bobs when you pull the trigger and overall it felt awkward and clunky, but I gave it another chance and holy crap it's really fun! Weapons are actually satsyfying to use, it's nice to one shot an enemy on the head with my pistel and see a cloud of blood fill his face as he turns into a ragdoll, sometimes they'll fly all over the place!

    The lack of checkpoints REALLY help the tension and add to the experiance, I don't savescum and it really made the game a lot more tense at moments because when you die you have to start at the begining of the level. Bulletime is usefull but it's a little TOO slow, there are a variety of weapons but sadly only a handfull of them you'll actually use because there are weapons that are just simply innefective, maybe it's just me but I found the dual UZI to be a really ♥♥♥♥♥♥ thing to use. The bossfights are just enemies with a lot of health but it's not neciccarly a bad thing, could've been more though. There's a variety of levels in this game, from jungles to mansions, nothing too special here. Music fits each situation but it may not be something you'll wanna download and put on a mp3 player.

    Overall this is a really good game, pretty underrated at that. Gameplay is where El Matador shines and I highly recommend this to any fan of the Max Payne series or third person shooters in general. Even the starting price of 5 dollars is worth buying the game for.
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    6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    3.4 hrs on record
    Posted: October 11, 2014
    one of the best action fps
    out there!its difficult which is good makes it worth of buying because its challenging.
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    12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Recommended
    2.3 hrs on record
    Posted: September 27, 2015
    Tato hra je prostě úžasná.. Je to hra mého mládí.

    Hrajete za agenta DAE Victora Corbetta, přezdívaného "El Matadora", který zjistil, že jeho bratr byl zabit v Jížní Americe vrahem, kterého si najal gang "La Valedora". Jeho misí je zabít hlavního bosse gangu "La Valedora". Postupem hry zjišťuje, že boss gangu je mu dost známý. :)

    Hra je úžasná, jak po grafické stránce, tak i po příběhové. Hru Vám vřele doporučuji. :)


    PLUSY:

    + grafika (na dobu, kdy byla hra vytvořena)
    + hratelnost
    + cut scény
    + audio
    + příběh

    MÍNUSY:

    - obtížnost Náročné pro "začátečníky"
    - herní doba Okolo 2,5 - 4 hodin.


    Tato hra si zaslouží:
    7,5 z 10ti.
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